12 Worst Romantic Photos Ever

Love is in the air, right? That’s why we’ve got some seriously romantic spoils for you – with our Valentine’s Day competition. Fancy winning a hamper worth £50, chockfull of Prosecco, chocolates, champagne flutes, a Bella Italia voucher, and sweets for your sweetheart? Just like and share the competition details on our Facebook. Aww, makes us feel all warm inside.

Even stock images are getting all romantic. But these picks show that these guys have absolutely no idea what love looks like, let alone feels like…

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Which Lancaster CityBlock Apartment Should You Live In?

Here at City Block, we provide a wide variety of student housing in Lancaster, all centrally located and giving superior access to both the town centre and the university, too.

With three equally amazing apartment blocks to choose from, we understand that some of our prospective students might feel a little bit confused as to which one is the right apartment for them. As we’re the experts in our own accommodation, we’ve put together this short guide which will help steer you towards the perfect apartment for you!

Are you ready? Here we go!

Are You Worried About Transport Links To and From Uni?

As we’re located in the town centre, many people ask us about the transport links that are available around each of our three apartment blocks. Luckily, our prime locations provide multiple travel options for you to get around.

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City Block 1 is situated directly on the bus route up to the university, with various services running you right into the centre of the Lancaster University campus. Not many accommodation options offer a bus stop literally right outside their apartments!

City Block 2 is located right above a local taxi service which is available for you to use. This is useful if you don’t want to have to walk down to the bus stop, and also helps you avoid a long taxi ride around Lancaster’s one way traffic system!

City Block 3 is right next door to City Block 2, but is much nearer to a bus stop. Simply cross at the crossing located at the top of the road and you’ll be on the main bus route to the uni!

Do You Like to Order Food In?

Sometimes it’s too much effort to cook a big meal after a long day at uni, so many people want to know which is the best apartment to be in if they are likely to order food in. Although many places deliver, it’s always nice to be able to pick something up on the way home and save a bit of money by not needing to pay delivery.

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Located a little further into the town centre, City Block 1 is perfect for those who love eating take out. It is situated on one of the main takeaway streets in the town, so there’s a wide variety of tasty food to try and takeaways to order from!

City Block 2 and City Block 3 are great for those who like to indulge in fried chicken and sandwiches; a Subway is located on the ground floor of City Block 2 and KFC across the road from them both. We can’t guarantee that walking home won’t make you hungry!

Which is Best for Ease of Shopping?

You can’t eat take out every night, and some people may prefer to cook their meals each day. One concern that we hear consistently every year is “which has the best access to grocery shopping amenities?”

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The simplest answer is City Block 3 or City Block 2 as they are overlooking a small Sainsbury’s Local store which can provide all the basics a student could need for cooking.

City Block 1 is perfectly located within the traffic system to travel to the larger Sainsbury’s and are a short walk away from the other small grocery stores – including the small Sainsbury’s under City Block 3 – in the centre of town, but it all depends on how far you want to walk.

The best thing about City Block is that we have a wide range of accommodation choices to suit any student need. In fact, we’re in the process of building a brand new apartment complex in the centre of Lancaster with brilliant access to local amenities! This will be finished in 2017, so keep an eye out for our grand opening of City Block 4!

If you are still unsure as to which apartment would best suit your needs, or you would like to know more information about booking your accommodation, don’t hesitate to contact us online or by calling 01524 541251 and we will be happy to help you.

In the meantime, make sure to keep up to date with all the City Block news over on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Resolutions for the New Year – Or At Least the New Term.

With each week that goes by during your time at university, you’ve probably lost count of all the times you’ve said, ‘Next week I’m not going to miss any lectures,’ or, ‘I’ll actually read the book this time’. And how many times have you actually followed through on your half-hearted promise?

Even though it’s not the start of the academic year, it’s still the start of a new term, so that still counts, right? To mark the start of the New Year, why not give yourself one or two resolutions to kick start term two, because let’s face it, you must’ve run out of excuses to email to your tutor as to why you weren’t present for the billionth time. Here’s a few that might take your fancy…

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The CityBlock 2015 Roundup

So here we are, at the beginning of 2016 and we’re feeling a little nostalgic about all of the wonderful things that happened last year!

We’ve seen students from all over the world come and go as one academic year ended and another began, and we’re so pleased to hear how much our tenants have enjoyed their stay with us. Whether it’s the gorgeous accommodation you’re able to live in or the little perks that we include, such as our privilege card, we’re over the moon that you’ve found something to love about CityBlock.

As a way to wrap things up in 2015 as we move into the New Year, we thought we’d highlight some of the most memorable moments! Continue reading

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Have a Fantastic Christmas and an Amazing New Year!

 

You may not have realised how fast Christmas has snuck up on us but (believe it or not) it’s Christmas Eve! It feels like only yesterday we were welcoming new and returning students into our fantastic Leicester and Lancaster student accommodation.

Though many of you may have already returned home for the festive season, there are still many of you who haven’t. We’d like to let you know that, over the holidays, you’re not alone; we’re here, and we’re thinking of you. As such, we’ve worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure you’re living in the best accommodation we have to offer. Continue reading

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Why Should You Want to Live in Accredited Accommodation?

What are the first things that spring to mind when you start thinking about planning next year’s accommodation? Perfect flat mates, a comfy bed, and perhaps even an en suite bathroom? These are all important factors for sure… but one thing that we think you should push further up the list is accreditation.

CityBlock student accommodation in Lancaster and Leicester has been independently checked and awarded the coveted ANUK Accreditation; we’ve worked hard to make sure your accommodation is totally up to scratch, and we think that every student deserves the same level of care!

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So What Does the ANUK Check For?

The ANUK Accreditation system is pretty comprehensive, covering everything from welfare to maintenance, so with an accredited accommodation provider such as CityBlock you can relax knowing that every aspect of your stay will be comfortable, and that you’ll be well cared for.

They also check factors such as customer care and property management, ensuring that students don’t get burnt by hidden costs, unfair fees or dishonest marketing. Knowing that your accommodation is always being provided by people who are dedicated to your best interests, and always having relevant information passed along at the appropriate time, can be the key to avoiding extra stress while you study!

Does Every Landlord Have to Sign Up?

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You might think that every student landlord should ensure that the flats they offer are up to these standards; the trouble is, since it’s completely voluntary, not everybody sees the need to follow this National Code for assured accommodation.

This means that booking your flat late in the academic year can leave you with less well-regulated home for the year to come. If you choose to book before Christmas, you are far more likely to end up with a flat that offers everything you expect and deserve – wait around and you could find yourself disappointed.

Booking now also means that you’ll have a better chance of getting all of your friends in one flat… so we definitely recommend that big groups put their bookings in before the Christmas break – don’t worry, you still have time!

How Do I Book?

We’re glad you asked! If you want to beat all of the crowds and get your accredited accommodation sorted out before the next term starts then we think you’re making a smart move, and we’re here to help. You can book now with ease online or get in touch with our team to find out more or arrange a viewing. Call us at 01524 541251 with your questions or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news.

 

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Winning Christmas Shopping on a Student Budget

We all love Christmas! Not only is it an excuse to eat as much as we want and not feel guilty, we also get presents!

We’re also expected to give our loved ones presents too, which unfortunately means that Christmas can be quite expensive. This is a problem for students who are living on a budget all year round.

We don’t think you should let money problems get in the way of your Christmas – just follow our top tips for making your Christmas special despite a limited budget.

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Write a List

Before you start to buy any Christmas presents, you should write a list of everyone that you are planning to buy for. We then suggest assigning money to each person! When it comes to actually shopping for the gifts, you should stick to the list and budget allocated. This way, you won’t spend more than you budgeted for.

Don’t Forget Your Student Discount Card

Your student discount might come in handy when you’re in need of a new dress or shoes for a night out, but it could actually help you a lot when it comes to Christmas shopping. With discounts available from hundreds of different stores, you can use your discount card to bag yourself some bargains when it comes to purchasing gifts.

CityBlock students can also purchase our our exclusive CityBlock Privilege Card which gives you loads of great local offers – perfect for saving money!

Create Your Gifts

Can you bake? Draw? Are you super handy with a pair of knitting needles? If so, why don’t you create your gifts this year instead of going out and buying them? It’s a lot more personal and will show your loved ones that you have actually put thought and effort into their presents. Just remember that whilst they might not cost as much, they will take more time and therefore should be started as early as possible.

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Suggest Secret Santa

Do you have a large group of friends? Buying for everyone can end up being far too expensive. It’s much better to suggest doing Secret Santa – in which everyone chooses a name from a hat and then only has to buy for that person. It’s worth setting a budget too, which can be any price that you wish. It’s fun, it saves you money, and no one has to feel bad for not being able to buy everyone a present.

Before the excitement of Christmas really hits, it’s worth thinking about what you’re doing next year when it comes to accommodation. It’s always better to arrange it sooner than later – plus you don’t want to be worrying about it over the festive period. This is why we advise you to book now!

To find out more about our accommodation options, including our fantastic deals on group bookings, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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You can give us a call on 01524 541251 for Lancaster enquiries or on 0116 2517270 for those looking for student accommodation in Leicester.

Alternatively, you can reach us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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3 Things To Do Before You Leave Halls For Christmas

If you’re like us, you’re probably super excited about Christmas being only just around the corner (20 days until Christmas Eve!). We’re willing to bet that the majority of our students will be leaving us for a few weeks to go home and spend the festive season with their family and friends back home.

In the rush to get back home to the ultimate comfort of your old bed in more familiar surroundings, it can be difficult to remember to do a few important things before you leave your digs at uni.

Because we are pretty awesome (and not to mention one of the best providers of student accommodation in Leicester) we’ve got you covered! Here’s our checklist of 3 things that you should remember before heading home for Christmas!

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Student’s Guide to Surviving Christmas

 

How are you going to survive Christmas this year?

Sometimes living in your trusted student accommodation is unavoidable during the festive season. Home may be miles and miles away, or it could simply be the next town over. Either way, this year you’ve decided to strike out on your own so, while your housemates are packing their suitcases, here are a couple of ideas to help you survive the Christmas season on your own.

 

Christmas Meals are Divine!

Before your flatmates vanish for Christmas, why not organise a final meal? Starting the celebrations off early is a great way to get you feeling festive. There are plenty of amazing pubs in Lancaster and Leicester which serve scrummy Christmas meals for groups. Alternatively, why not transform your flat into a hub of music and laughter as you work together to make your own Christmas meal!

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Keep it Clean! 3 Reasons You’ll Love Having a Weekly Cleaning Service

Hands up who’s guilty of any of the cardinal sins of student living – letting the dishes mount up at the side of the sink, forgetting to take the trash out or never getting round to cleaning the bathroom. If any of this sounds familiar then you’re far from alone, and being house proud is not generally an attribute which gets associated with students. Continue reading

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